Manhunt 2: Banned by the BBFC

Manhunt 2 became one of only two games to be denied an age rating by the BBFC when it attempted to release in 2007.

Denying it an age rating for "sustained and cumulative casual sadism" amongst other reasons, it led to a notable court case between Take Two and the BBFC in what's been called the video games industry's Lady Chatterley's lover moment.

But what precisely led to the initial decision to deny the game an age rating? And why, in the end, was Manhunt 2 able to receive a rating nearly a year later after lengthy back and forth in the courts?

Vincent Scheurer, a long serving video game lawyer and current COO at Payload Studios, attended the court case. He explained the ins and outs of the case to us in the Ukie studio to help us answer those questions and much more.

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George Osborn